Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

| Parliamentary Strategy

APGAW takes a One Welfare approach and places it in the context of the Group’s work. It aims to pick up on a range of issues of interest to both politicians and associate members. These ‘key issues’ will cover the work of APGAW until the end of this Parliament, however they will be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary. APGAW will also hold additional meetings on topic subjects if, and when, they are needed.


Reduction in animal and human abuse

Aim:

  1. i) To increase sentencing for animal cruelty and to help to improve multidisciplinary approaches for dealing with poor animal welfare and its wider impacts (including for example, restorative justice and offender registers). Domestic Violence & Abuse Bill in Queen’s Speech.
  2. ii) To consider ways of improving enforcement of animal welfare working with the police, charities and local authorities.


Improved animal welfare and social aspects/More efficient multidisciplinary approaches

Aim:

  1. i) To encourage more responsible pet ownership – (including through implementation of England-wide dog strategy which covers breeding, dealing and selling, consistent education, veterinary support, public education around choosing and keeping of pets including exotics etc).


Improved animal welfare – addressing poverty and local community support/Mutual rescue, improved life chances

Aim:

  1. i) To develop and promote the benefit of pets on wider issues (for example, adult social services, learning disabilities, health and fitness, general well-being)


Improved animal welfare and food safety/Improved animal and farmer welfare, improved farming productivity/Improved animal welfare and improved food security and sustainability.

Aim:

  1. i) To consider issues around humane slaughter, endemic diseases (e.g. lameness, mastitis), live transportation, CCTV in abattoirs, Brexit trade issues, improved consumer information/empowerment through labelling etc


Improved biodiversity conservation, environmental aspects and human wellbeing.

Aim:

  1. i) To promote the benefits of working to support British farmers to support conservation and wildlife.
  2. ii) To support work to protect endangered species and the trade in illegal wildlife goods


 Work-streams

We are currently working on the following issues:

> Reducing livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership.
> Farm animal welfare post Brexit – e.g. live transport, welfare at slaughter, meat labelling .

 

In 2020 our current plan is to look at welfare around animals used in science and any post Brexit impact, non-stun slaughter and enforcement of animal welfare law.

You can view the APGAW Parliamentary Progress Report for 2017-19 here

 

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| News from APGAW

Pedigree Dog Health Update

Pedigree Dog Health Update

In 2009 APGAW ran an enquiry into pedigree dog health and published this report: A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs Later this year we intend to pick up on this work again as we recognise whilst there have been some improvements in health testing and conformation...

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APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

Animal welfare faces a "deepening crisis" if action isn't taken to improve local enforcement according to new report. A new report published today by APGAW reveals that almost a half of councils in England do not have a single Animal Welfare Officer in place dedicated...

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Animal Welfare Enforcement

Animal Welfare Enforcement

Over the last 4 years we have seen significant changes to animal welfare legislation including the Licensing of Animal Activities 2018 and a ban on third party selling of puppies and kittens. There is new legislation coming through in the Kept Animals Bill which curb...

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